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A collection of all the tech comm topics I find most timely or helpful, with a special emphasis on e-learning and m-learning
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TechScribe Releases Term-checking Tool for ASD-STE Controlled Language

TechScribe Releases Term-checking Tool for ASD-STE Controlled Language | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
TechScribe released an open-source term-checking software to help tech writers in conforming to ASD Simplified Technical English (ASD-STE 100) specification
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This sounds really cool! We all know that no program is infallible when it comes to translation software, but this sounds like it's getting closer to the real deal. Hooray for open source ingenuity!

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Reimagining Education in a One World Schoolhouse - Serendipity35

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This is a great, short review of Salman Khan's book, "One World Schoolhouse" done by Ken Ronkowitz (@ronkowitz), one of the instructors in the MSPTC program at NJIT. This is one of those books that's on my "need to read" list! 

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How Minecraft taught my 9-year-old son with Asperger’s to read and write | Anna Stam

How Minecraft taught my 9-year-old son with Asperger’s to read and write | Anna Stam | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Via Jelmer Evers
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

I like this article as it shows a few things:
1) Alternative teaching/thinking outside the box for a personalize experience.
2) It's a good use of gamification in learning.
3) There is some flipped classroom learning going on as well.
Having a son who is Asperger's and recently asked to go on Minecraft after participating on Roblox for a long time, I'm thinking it might be worth the investment. While he can read very well, and he has good ideas, his writing needs some help. Perhaps this might be the key for him or others who need a differrent way of learning.

-techcommgeekmom  

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Jelmer Evers's curator insight, January 9, 2013 3:28 AM

Interesting, but learning styles? 

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Hurry Up!…and Wait

Hurry Up!…and Wait | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
One of the things that I can’t stand–and I’m sure I’m not alone in this–is that feeling of “hurry up and wait” for anything. I hate having to rush only to ...
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My latest blog entry about my first week on the new job...sort of...

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Five Websites That Will Make You A Better, Smarter Geek

Five Websites That Will Make You A Better, Smarter Geek | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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As a geek mom, I'm for anything that promotes geekdom at its finest. These looks like some very good websites to check out!

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Create a Child Theme to Customize a WordPress Theme

Create a Child Theme to Customize a WordPress Theme | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
If you're customizing a WordPress theme, it's best to create a child theme out of the WordPress theme. With a child theme, you can update the parent theme when updates are available.
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This is a great idea! I upgraded my blog so that I could customize (and hope to be making some changes this year), so this is good information to hold onto.

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McGraw-Hill’s New Suite of Adaptive Learning Products: New Generation of E-Learning? | Digital Book World

McGraw-Hill’s New Suite of Adaptive Learning Products: New Generation of E-Learning? | Digital Book World | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
[Press Release] McGraw-Hill Education Unveils Suite of Adaptive Learning Products, Including First-Ever Adaptive E-Book, at 2013 International Consumer (McGraw-Hill’s New Suite of Adaptive Learning Products: New Generation of E-Learning?
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These certainly sound like interesting products...perhaps this is what the next wave of #edtech is going to look like. What do you think?
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E-Learning - a future of knowledge and technology

E-Learning - a future of knowledge and technology | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A short summary of benefits by using e-learning and digital publishing as a combination.
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Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which English Has No Words

Tongue and Tech: The Many Emotions for Which English Has No Words | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Among them is the German backpfeifengesicht, "a face badly in need of a fist"
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

With single-sourcing and translation services in higher demand than ever before, this makes a very good point. Translation software can still be "flawed" because of nuances as described here. This is why human intervention and truly careful technical writing needs to be done to provide consistency. Technical writers can be more aware of trying to use more consistent, neutral language to avoid misinterpretations in English, let alone any other language. 

 

I've experienced this myself in my personal life. My husband's first language is Spanish, so sometimes he'll use a Spanish word to describe something, and it doesn't have an English equivalent. My favorite is "tofito", which the closest word we could come up with was "funky" or "rancid" as in cooked chicken or pork that have more of that bad chicken or bad pork taste. If we don't like the taste because it taste too "chicken-y", then we say it's "tofito". (Hopefully I spelled the Spanish word right--I think I did.)

 

Great article. 

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You've Decided to Go Mobile... What's Next?

You've Decided to Go Mobile... What's Next? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Home of InterBusiness Issues, art & society, and Peoria Progress magazines

Via DBliton
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When I first read this article, I thought, "This is EXCELLENT! This is truly what mobile strategy is all about." Once I saw that @VisualRinse (aka Chad Udell) wrote the article, I realized, "No wonder this was so good!" Chad wrote the book, "Learning Everywhere", last year, and it's great reading. So, he knows what he's talking about! 

 

This article isn't specifically for e-learning/m-learning either. It truly puts into perspective what mobile is truly about and the criteria that companies need to move forward in thinking about creating mobile content. 

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DBliton's curator insight, January 9, 2013 11:38 AM

"Should I just convert my existing content, platforms or applications to mobile? " --No. Probably not. Making eLearning mobile accessible probably doesn't help your target audience - it is not really mLearning.

DBliton's comment, January 10, 2013 12:33 PM
Good point about noting who the author is. I added that info, since that is what drew me to the article to start with.
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22 eLearning Essentials to Boost 2013 Success

22 eLearning Essentials to Boost 2013 Success | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Here are more than 20 eLearning essentials we learned in 2012, and we need to reinforce and keep in mind this year.

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Is now the time to jump off the MOOC bandwagon?

Is now the time to jump off the MOOC bandwagon? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

"Like lemmings, too many American colleges are mindlessly rushing out to find a way to deliver online education, and more and more often they are choosing Coursera. The company, founded this year by two Stanford University computer scientists, has already enrolled more than two million students, has engaged 33 academic institutions as partners, and is offering more than 200 free massive open online courses, or MOOC's. A college's decision to jump on the Coursera bandwagon is aided—and eased—by knowing that academic heavyweights like Harvard, Stanford, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are already on board... In our haste to join the academic alphas, many of us are forgoing the reflection necessary to enter this new medium."


Via EDTC@UTB
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MOOCs are pretty popular these days. This is a good article about whether it's a good idea for all higher ed institutions or not, but also forewarns about jumping in too fast. 
--techcommgeekmom 

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juliekeane's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:51 AM

I do think that most of the drive to jump onto these new course offerings is about short-term cost savings without thinking about the long-term effects of diminishing course offerings at mid-size and small colleges and universities. The impact will be far ranging - particularly for those currently in doctoral programs who will face an ever-shrinking job market.  This will narrow the discourse in multiple disciplines when the few dictate the curriculum for the many. 

 

 

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Want to be a cutting edge technophile? Here’s one way to do it…

Want to be a cutting edge technophile? Here’s one way to do it… | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I’m not a normal mom. I’m a geek mom– a techcomm geek mom, to be more exact, but I was a geek mom long before I was into tech comm. While I liked my girly things as a girl, I &hel...
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But what shall I pack?

But what shall I pack? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The event is still about three and a half months away, but I decided that this year, I’m going to go to another big tech comm conference. I really feel that going to a professional conference...
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Towards Maturity - Mobile learning with HTML5

Towards Maturity - Mobile learning with HTML5 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Via Mayra Aixa Villar
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Mobile is getting around (no pun intended)! I think the sooner more companies adapt to HTML5, the sooner more mobile apps and universal flexibility will be present for not only m-learning, but accessing information in general.

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10 new iOS 6 features iPad users should know — Tech News and ...

10 new iOS 6 features iPad users should know — Tech News and ... | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
iOS 6 isn't just for the iPhone. Apple included some fun new features in its new mobile operating system, available today, for iPad users. Here's a look at the new stuff you'll get: Siri, a clock app, FaceTime everywhere, ...

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Going, going ... 5 signs the personal computer may be on the way out

Going, going ... 5 signs the personal computer may be on the way out | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Keyboards? Mice? Disc drives? It may be time to pull the plugs, experts say.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

RJ Jacquez (@rjacquez) brought this one to my attention. The article does make a lot of sense. Change is happening so fast that many are having a hard time keeping up, so the idea of having technology that "anchors" the user is appealing, like eating comfort food--it's what you know. Getting rid of disks, wires and utilizing the cloud, among other things, is where we are going. I also think a big part of why tablets and other mobile items are becoming more popular is cost. After experiencing a big recession, tablets offer the kind of flexibility that many people seek for basic computing needs at an affordable price. Time will tell is the personal computer disappears altogether...

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Digital Learning: Blended Learning – Part 5 | PRINCE2.com Blog

This is the fifth in our series on Digital Learning: Learning Without Limits where we examine the evolving nature of learning and its effect on individuals and
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F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing - The Atlantic

F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing - The Atlantic | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret to Great Writing
The Atlantic
What is the secret of great writing? For David Foster Wallace, it was about fun. For Henry Miller, about discovery. Susan Sontag saw it as self-exploration.
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This is a really good article, especially for bloggers. Technical writers don't usually get to write from the soul quite so much, but bloggers and other social media writers get to write "freestyle" more often. I think the key to doing well on a blog is writing the way Fitzgerald describes here--from the soul. That's how I write, at least, and it seems to get a positive response. It's also easier! Write what you know, both in your brain and your heart!

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How to Record a Skype Video Interview in 7 Easy Steps

How to Record a Skype Video Interview in 7 Easy Steps | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The average person visits a website for 48 seconds, but if it has video we stay for almost six minutes. Video is powerful. We live in a YouTube age where people want their content to move and breathe.
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This could easily apply to e-learning, blogs and other websites. Nice how-to article!

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E-Learning Certificate Program: Timesaving Tech Tips 2013

E-Learning Certificate Program: Timesaving Tech Tips 2013 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

Time saving tips on passwords, file management and online collaboration. 


Via Dennis T OConnor
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From the programs I've investigated, UW-Stout is a really good one. 
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 4, 2013 6:07 PM

Take the time to save some time.

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FREE Alternative to Camtasia Studio | WPLMS

FREE Alternative to Camtasia Studio | WPLMS | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

One great way for instructional designers to create effective learning material is to include screenshots and videos in their e-learning modules. Many programs have this feature build in (i.e. Adobe Captivate and the new Articulate Storyline), but some prefer a third party program...

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As found in one of my LinkedIn groups....As a former student, I know how hard it can be to get premium tools and learn. Or, for that matter, be an employee with a limited budget alloted to my cost center. Either way, this looks like a viable alternative to Camtasia Studio. Definitely worth a try.

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5 Unexpected Results of Going 1:1

5 Unexpected Results of Going 1:1 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

The change goes beyond lessons, beyond my classroom to much bigger things.


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Some great points on the impact of introducing mobile technology into the class. It's a big shift in so many ways to the traditional way of teaching and challenges the very essence of the student/teacher relationship. Probably not something you want to underestimate!

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Tim Klapdor's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:30 PM

Some great points on the impact of introducing mobile technology into the class. It's a big shift in so many ways to the traditional way of teaching and challenges the very essence of the student/teacher relationship. Probably not something you want to underestimate!

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New Version of Blooms Taxonomy for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Version of Blooms Taxonomy for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it

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This is a good way to view this in relation to the iPad.

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MaryAnn Karre's curator insight, January 13, 2013 5:32 PM

It's not the tool, but the learning that explands understanding....

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Getting started with content strategy in technical communication /  Indus

Getting started with content strategy in technical communication /  Indus | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great article by @sarahokeefe. Content strategy is getting to be more and more important, and she's one of the top experts in the field. Definitely a great read to start putting things in perspective. --techcommgeekmom
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